DURBAN - Provincial and city leaders have promised 500 new homes - with construction starting next month - to residents of Mariannridge following days of rioting in the area and land invasions in the area.
Ravi Pillay, KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works and Councillor Mondli Mthembu, eThekwini Municipality’s Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee Chairperson met with community leaders at Mariannhill Police Station.
Pillay revealed that a housing development was imminent with the construction camp to be set up on Monday in order for construction to take place no later than September 14 this year.
"The contractor will be on site as of next week Monday. I can assure you that work has been done, a contractor has been appointed and a contract has been signed. The contractor is ready to hit the ground running," Pillay said.
The housing project will be done in two phases, 350 units will be constructed in Phase 1 on land that is immediately available and 150 units in Phase 2 will be built later because there is a lack of vacant land. The project is expected to house 500 families in the area.